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Author: Peter Conley

National Institute for Newman Studies

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Recent Articles

  • History and Person: Newman’s Approach and Contemporary Issues
    Following in the footsteps of Benedict XVI, I, too, probe here whether and how Newman might shed light on some contemporary difficulties. […]
  • Medieval ScienceScience’s Equivocal Crisis
    This essay seeks to clarify the nature of science. It examines popular approaches to science, these approaches’ potential effects, and the perspective that theology can provide to our potential misunderstandings of science. […]
  • Newman House St. Stephens GreenNewman’s Campaign in Ireland: A Review of Paul Shrimpton’s New Edition (part II)
    In 2021, the Fathers of the Birmingham Oratory and Gracewing Press published My Campaign in Ireland Part I: Catholic University Reports and Other Papers and released the companion volume My Campaign in Ireland Part II: My Connection with the Catholic University in March 2022. […]
  • Volcano eruptionNewman’s Detractors … at NINS?
    It was all the more remarkable when I discovered a collection of “Newman detractors” on the premises, a collection indicating the conflict between Newman, the champion of Roman Catholicism in England, and mainly evangelical Free Church academics around the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century. […]
  • Tree of Life Cover PhotoNewman and Locke on the Epistemic Scope of Certitude
    In the scholarly literature, John Locke (1632–1704) features as a formative influence on Newman’s philosophical thought. What usually gets highlighted, for example in the Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent, are Newman’s criticism of Locke’s notion of degreed assent and his call for a broader and more nuanced account of the rationality of religious belief. However, some have argued that the Grammar largely focuses on the psychological conditions of religious belief. […]

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